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Elphinstone | Luxury Self-Catering Coastal Home | Studland, Dorset


Studland, Dorset, UK

Settled into a land which inspired the Famous Fiveís adventures, Elphinstone looks out across Studland Bay and the rolling hills of Dorset. Traditional Purbeck Stone blends into the coastal landscape while enormous windows allow sweeping views of the horizon. Simple yet stylish, with a nod to the seventies, this luxury self-catering coastal home is the perfect base for a summer holiday by the sea.


Looking out across the curving lines of Studland Bay and with a salty breeze teasing your hair, itís easy to let any remnants of reality wash away at Elphinstone. The beating summer sun and the call of gulls swooping overhead call to mind a simpler time of running barefoot across the sand and the sweet taste of soft-whip ice creams. Inside, pure, neutral tones donít dare pull eyes from the changeable skies outside, yet assured comfort and confident class in the clever design of this luxury coastal home ensure deep relaxation whatever the weather.


Bright, punctuated with accents of exposed wood and alive with thriving house plants, Elphinstone's cool interiors mirror the changing landscape outside with soft whites and soothing greys. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the Dorset coastline, while sink-into chairs and luxury beds encourage time spent lingering over mugs of tea while the weather shifts outside. With a kitchen ideal for socialising and a dining area maximising the glorious south coast sunsets, self-catering was never so appealing.


It was Enid Blyton who once wrote, ďI donít know why, but the meals we eat on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,Ē and what finer way to spend a day on the Dorset coast than sprawled under a faraway tree with not a care in the world? Armed with a hamper of pastries and sweet treats from Chococo's, along with a chilled bottle of fizz, stuff backpacks, gather blankets and wander the hills in search of a quiet place somewhere. From beach picnics to barbecues at home, Elphinstone is a haven for outside dining.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £3,150 per week, £2,295 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the ground floor is one double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, on the lower ground floor are two zip-and-link bedrooms (which can be made up as either super king-size doubles or twins) and a family bathroom with bath and separate shower. On the first floor is the final zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as a super king-size double or a twin) and a separate shower room. There is also a separate WC on the ground floor, and an additional bunk room on the first floor is available on request for £100 per bed for up to three children.
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  • FeaturesCinema room, outdoor pizza oven, table tennis, games room with pool table
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome; one travel cot and one highchair are available. There are several walls that drop off in the garden, so please supervise small children.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for up to five cars. The well-equipped kitchen includes an electric hob, double oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, Nespresso coffee machine and bread machine.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, wetsuits, Smart TV, Netflix, DVD player, Bluetooth speakers, iPad, WiFi internet, outdoor pizza oven and Big Green Egg barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Elphinstone is a luxury coastal retreat on the Studland coastline in Dorset
A luxury stylish home in Studland, Dorset
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Halfway between Swanage and Bournemouth, sheltered Studland is a well-known Dorset harbour town thatīs always been popular with visitors, and no wonder, with its stunning coastline, iconic castle and nearby nature reserves.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The property is situated on the Studland coastline, 20 miles from Poole when driving around the coast, or five when travelling across the ferry.
  • By Car Elphinstone is a three-hour drive from central London.†
  • By Train The closest train station to Elphinstone is Wareham, just 20 minutes away by car and has direct services to central London.
  • By Plane Bournemouth Airport is around a 50-minute drive from Elphinstone; Southampton Airport one hour and 20 minutes.

From the owner

“The coastal views from Elphinstone are beautiful whatever the season, and can be captured from many rooms as well as from the side veranda and balconies. The expansive garden invites guests to wander around and enjoy the planting, kitchen garden and orchard; offering time and space to truly unwind.”

From the owner

We purchased Elphinstone in 2021, and we love how open the house is and how it has been designed to take advantage of the spectacular coastal views. The barbecue area and large balcony is very private and yet still allows for lovely views of the bay; perfect for sundowners.

Studland is a wonderful place - it is very 'local' and quite the opposite to its Sandbanks neighbour. The beaches are excellent, with summertime activities on Knoll Beach, Friday paella nights on South Beach and lots of rock pooling in between. The walk up the hill behind the house is a must; walk down to Old Harry and round to the village to enjoy a pint in the Bankes Arms. †

Since owning the house we have spent some wonderful time with family and friends here. There is something for everyone, young and old, and it truly is our home-away-from-home.

The Tester Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Studland with an insiderís perspective.

The Pig on the Beach, Studland Bay

To Eat

The Pig on the Beach, Studland Bay

´From our plot to your plate´ is the motto at The Pig, serving excellent food off their 25-mile menu, along with moreish cocktails. Be sure to catch the al fresco pizza events in summer.

Studland Sea School

To Do

Studland Sea School

Studland Sea School are based on Middle Beach and offer a wide range of kayaking tours, kayak fishing, coasteering and BSAC snorkelling; catering for all levels of ability. You can´t visit the Dorset coast without getting wet.

Coastal Walks

To Do

Coastal Walks

There are many beautiful walking trails nearby. Walk from the house, over to Swanage and stop for tea in Love Cake or Chococo. This takes about an hour, you can take a bus or taxi home if you donīt fancy the walk back.

Durdle Door

To See

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is probably the most famous stone arch anywhere in the world and was created when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago. Wander the coast path or spread out towels on the sand and enjoy the view.

Guest Testimonials

The house is exceptional-large enough to come together and spend time apart too. The views are glorious. I really enjoyed cooking and overlooking the stunning landscape. Someone has done an excellent job designing the garden-very clever. Took a bit of readjusting once home!

We had a wonderful time at Elphinstone ó it is a beautiful property. Many thanks again for your assistance in helping us find such a gorgeous place to stay, and for a last minute-break too! Thank you.

We love the style, the view, and the fact Elphinstone allows dogs! It was the perfect place for our family holiday and we had a fantastic stay. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

A superbly located house with a stunning view and a beautiful garden. All the facilities are first class and we highly recommend Elphinstone; a very special place to stay in such a lovely part of England!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see whatís on offer for your bespoke escape.


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